You Can Do It!

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Tony Dungy's little brother, Linden, is a third grader who is having a bad day at school. Linden is the youngest of the Dungy family and the least motivated because he hasn't found "it." In a family where everyone seems to have found their special talent, all Linden knows is that he wants to make people happy.

With encouragement from his parents, a helping hand from his older brother Tony, and inspiration from God, Linden learns that if he ...

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Overview

Tony Dungy's little brother, Linden, is a third grader who is having a bad day at school. Linden is the youngest of the Dungy family and the least motivated because he hasn't found "it." In a family where everyone seems to have found their special talent, all Linden knows is that he wants to make people happy.

With encouragement from his parents, a helping hand from his older brother Tony, and inspiration from God, Linden learns that if he dreams big and has faith, he can do anything!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
Written by the former National Football League (NFL) player and current head coach of the NFL Indianapolis Colts, this fiction book tells the story of Linden and his big brother, Tony. Linden gets in trouble with his teacher for making jokes in class, and then when she asks everyone in class what they want to be someday, Linden is the only one who doesn't have any idea. He also has a toothache that won't go away. Linden talks with his dad about the fact that he doesn't have a dream about what he could do someday. His older brother, Tony, says a prayer at dinner about helping Linden find his dream. The next day Linden goes to the dentist and is amazed with how the dentist was able to repair his tooth. He asks the dentist lots of questions, and then a few weeks later at show? and? tell day at school, Linden tells his class about the things he learned from the dentist. He realizes that he wants to be a dentist when he grows up. His brother Tony is very proud of him. The last two pages feature a personal note from Tony Dungy about how his parents taught him to dream and pray to God about his dreams and plans. He writes that his brother really became a dentist and that the family "knew he would have faith to find his dream." The book is a pleasant and uplifting story about a loving Christian family. The watercolor paintings, vivid and lifelike, are lovely accompaniments to the story. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
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K-Gr 2

This is a sweet and earnest story about the author's younger brother, who struggles to name his "it" and begin the road to fulfillment in life. The Dungy family puts its faith in God and encourages the boys to do so too. When a toothache brings Linden to the dentist's office, he finds the excitement he's been looking for and ends up becoming a dentist himself. Dungy is a natural storyteller, and readers will buy into this warm family despite some disconnected narrative elements and a tired plot. Bates is skilled at creating charming characters, and her watercolor paintings evoke a vibrant family life. Dungy's name will be familiar to Pro Football fans.-Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick's Catholic School, Charlotte, NC

Kirkus Reviews
This earnest effort from the well-known NFL coach is based on Dungy's childhood experiences in his own tightly knit Christian family. He focuses on the concept that each person has a special talent-an "it"-that can be discovered if you "[t]rust God and dream big!" Little brother Linden feels left out because his brother, Tony, and sisters have special talents and interests that seem to lead straight to their future careers. After having a cavity filled by an understanding dentist, Linden finds a sudden and intense interest in teeth and the dental profession, which he shares with his class during show-and-tell. A concluding note, in the author's own voice, connects the story to his own life and Christian faith and confirms Linden's success as a dentist. The large format highlights Bates's attractive full-color illustrations, which depict the close-knit, loving African-American family with warmth. The stilted text, however, indicates that Dungy's it lies in coaching, not in writing, all good intentions aside. (Picture book/religion. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416954613
  • Publisher: Little Simon Inspirations
  • Publication date: 7/8/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 366,086
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Dungy

Amy June Bates has illustrated many books for children, including That’s What I’d Do and Sweet Dreams by Jewel; Waiting for the Magic by Patricia McLachlan; Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight by Kathleen Krull; The Dog Who Belonged to No One by Amy Hest; and You Can Do It! by Tony Dungy. She graduated from Brigham Young University and now lives with her husband and three children in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Visit her at AmyBates.com.

Tony Dungy and his wife Lauren Dungy are active members of a number of family, faith, and community-based organizations, including All Pro Dad, iMom, Fellowship of Chrstian Athletes, Mentors for Life, Family First, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and the Boys and Girls Club of America. Tony is a former NFL player and retired head coach of the 2006 Superbowl Champions, the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League.

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  • Posted August 27, 2009

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    Dreams and Desires

    Favorable: Enjoyable and inspiring reading.
    A touching story of finding and following your "dream" career is provided in this book. It has detailed and engaging illustrations. A great book for young readers, it will encourage exploring various careers and finding one suited for each individual. The last page says, "I'm glad I had parents that helped us to dream. I'm glad they taught us to pray about things that were on our mind," these statements were thought provoking. Enjoyed this book and will remember it in my heart.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2008

    you CAN do it

    I recommend this book because it does a wonderful job of showing that each of us is special and has an 'it' within us. When we find 'it', we all can soar! Great message for young and old alike. Tony's faith and convictions come through loud and clear. It's true - You CAN do it 'no matter who you are'.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2009

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    tony dungys childrens memoir

    "you can do it" is a wonderful childrens bestseller writtion by tony dungy
    it shows how his parents gave them their dreams no matter what they were and helped them to hold on to them no matter what they were. tonys sister wanted to go into the medical world and he wanted to go into the world of sports. this is a great book of courage that shows how children need to follow their special needs in life and this is a something very special that a child or adult needs to read cause it is a shows that you can do it always and stand always and your parents will be with you to help you follow your dreams.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2008

    childrens dreams come alive with parents hope

    'you can do it' is a wonderful childrens book writtion by tony dungy that talks about his early childhood how he wanted to become intrested in sports and his sister wanted to join in the field of medicine. this little book shows how the parents were able to bring alot of hope and courage and faith into their childrens lifes. I think this is a great book for adults as well as children. It will teach adults how to give confidence and courage to childrens dreams and I think it will help kids with strong self confidence and getting rid of low self esteem. this book is truly a real blessing. great gift idea for friend and family member or younger person.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    Love it -- for boys

    This is a heart-warming story of brothers. A beautiful picture of an intact and functional African-American family. My husband and I adopted two bi-racial boys and we are always looking for uplifting books featuring African-American characters to add to our personal library. This one is a keeper.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    Facilitates the "Yes, You Can" Attitude

    I purchased this book as a Christmas gift for my six-year old nephew. During this economy and watching the struggles of so many others, I wanted him to get away from the belief that all great gifts arrive in the form of the next digital or technological game advance. I wanted him to appreciate books and start reading more. I also wanted him to understand that he could be very successful if he honed in on his own strengths. He is a very special young boy, which is very easy for me to see, but I wanted him to realize that for himself. I believe that the storyline of this book helps me to confer that message. The artwork and characters in the book were relevant and lent themselves to an overall fantastic piece of work. My nephew has read the book several times and truly believes that he can be successful based upon his own talents. This was a great gift from me to him, the gift of reading and reinforcing the belief that a lot is possible if you believe in yourself.

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